Knitting: Another FO for 2012

I kinda really didn’t like knitting this project.  I especially hated the beginning.  368 Cast on Stitches, joined to work in the round.  Thanks to my sister for holing on to my cast on, so that I didn’t get it twisted when joining (many people in the KAL had this problem).  Anyway, I got a lot of compliments on the yarn the colors are deep blues and greens (my signature).  However, let me just gripe about thsi yarn for a minute…. upon winding it, there were 2 cuts in the yarn.  That made me a little pissy to start with… then whilst knitting on and on forever, I came to several spots where the yarn was just frayed, barely hanging on my one little strand of nylon.  I had to tink back a few stitches cut and rejoin a new piece.  Having to do this once, ok… but again and again… this yarn is total crap!  However, I was already so invested in soooo many hours of monogamous knitting (yes you heard me right), I had to keep going. 

There were many times there at the beginning I never thought I’d make the deadline, which is next Tuesday the 29th.  Hours and hours and hours of stockinette in the round… which thank grace I didn’t have to purl, but it never looked like I was making any progress.  Anyway, I finally was able to get to the short rows section which definitely add interest and variety to the knitting.  I definitely picked up some momentum and after very deliberate knitting finished and bound it off yesterday evening.  It was a curly rope of knitting. 😦

This morning I was up early so I gave it a good steam press and that worked out some of the curl and I was able to wear to work today.  I can definitely wrap this around 3 times if I want to keep my neck warm, but it’s long enough to wear as decoration, so that is probably what I’ll do!

Anyway, happy to be done, now I can go back to my gorgeous Kniterati Mystery Shawl/Scarf and finish it up this weekend.  YAY!  Progress!

I’ll have to add the photo later, am having issues linking… 😦

Knitting: another FO for 2012

Tonight I cast off my “flurries” cowl. I started it on Monday as part of a KAL from the designer. The cowl was knit mostly in Brioche stitch which was nice and something different. Its knit in a lovely soft, squishy sportweight merino hand dyed by Sunshine Yarns. The colorway was Twilight inspired and is called Bella’s Lullaby.

I had a drop stitch issue that delayed my finish, but was able to prevail before the deadline of 2/8. We are supposed to receive the next pattern for free. I think it’s a fingering weight pattern, so I’ll have to go through the stash this weekend to pick the next yarn.

Anyway… Here’s the pretty!! Two pictures because of lighting differences.

20120203-200635.jpg

20120203-200705.jpg